Road Renewal Tracker
See map below for the Final Capital Works Program 2021/22 - 2025/26
CAPITAL WORKS PROGRAM: COMMUNITY INPUT
In April 2021, we asked you to tell us what you think the priorities are when it comes to improvements and repairs on our roads. 75 people told us where they think the focus should be; and the results are in - YOUR road priorities are OUR road priorities.
We are proud to announce that our Capital Works Program has now been adopted, and we have been able to focus the plan even more accurately and incorporate the community’s priorities into the program along with the information from our road data and condition modelling.
The top 10 roads, as selected by the community, are all scheduled in the program for the next 5 years, with construction works amounting to ~$33.7m for those roads alone.
1. Remembrance Dr (12% of total votes)
a. A total of 46 projects (which include, for example, preventative seal maintenance, heavy patching, reconstructions, shared pathways and traffic facilities)
b. A total estimated cost of ~ $11.8m over the course of the 5 years
c. Following review of the community feedback and subsequent re-modelling, scheduling of two segments are appearing earlier in the 5 year program
2. Silverdale Rd (9.7% of the total votes)
a. A total of 37 projects (which include, for example, road safety improvements, preventative seal maintenance, heavy patching, reconstructions, shared pathways and traffic facilities)
b. A total estimated cost of ~ $12.3m over the course of the 5 years
c. Following review of the community feedback and subsequent re-modelling, scheduling of one segment is appearing earlier in the 5 year program
3. Montpelier Drive (8.3% of the votes)
a. A total of 16 projects (which include, for example, heavy patching and resurfacing)
b. A combined estimated value of $1.4m
4. Spring Creek Road (6.5% of the votes)
a. A total of 3 projects (predominately for reconstruction)
b. A combined estimated value of $1.5m
c. Following review of the community feedback and subsequent remodelling, scheduling of one segment is appearing earlier in the 5 year program
5. Burragorang Road (5.1% of the votes)
a. A total of 11 projects (predominately for reconstruction)
b. A combined estimated value of $1.9m
c. This will be further assessed following restoration works to be carried out by Sydney Water
6. Thirlmere Way (5.1% of the votes)
a. A total of 12 projects (predominately for heavy patching and resurfacing)
b. A combined estimated value of $600,000
c. Following review of the community feedback, and subsequent re-modelling, scheduling of one segment is appearing earlier in the 5 year program
7. Nectarbrook Drive (4.2% of the votes)
a. A total of 5 projects (predominately for heavy patching and resurfacing)
b. A combined estimated value of $600,000
8. Arina Road (3.2% of the votes)
a. A total of 7 projects (which include, for example, pavement rehabilitation, heavy patching and resurfacing)
b. A combined estimated value of $1.2m
9. Mowbray Park Road (3.2% of the votes)
a. A total of 2 projects (predominately for pavement reconstruction)
b. A combined estimated value of $1.1m
10. Station St Couridjah (3.2% of the votes)
a. A total of 6 projects (predominately for pavement reconstruction)
b. A combined estimated value of $1.3m
c. Following review of the community feedback, and subsequent re-modelling, scheduling of one segment is appearing earlier in the 5 year program.
Wollondilly Council has a five year plan for when and how we are going to do work across our road network which is called the Capital Works Program. This program doesn’t cover all the work that needs to be done on our roads but focuses on our priorities over the next five years. This program is developed through the use of road condition data, traffic volume and condition modelling to work out what roads need to be scheduled, when they will occur and the type of work that needs to happen to improve the road. This is reviewed annually when we prepare our yearly Operational Plan.
Whilst there is a lot of work that needs to be done on our road network, it can’t all be achieved in the five years covered in the Capital Works Program; so the projects that fall outside of the five year plan are part of our Long Term Transport Priorities Program. As work continues to get completed within the Capital Works Program, more projects from the Long Term Transport Priorities Program can be assessed and included in the next Capital Works Program or alternatively, if additional funding becomes available- beyond what is allocated for the Capital Works Program.
Our Asset Management Strategy details the future of assets in the Shire including the renewal of existing assets and the introduction of new assets to our portfolio. The strategy covers areas including roads, buildings, parks, transport and more.
Roads are the biggest component of the asset maintenance backlog and are seen as the most important asset class by the Community. Council Delivery Program assigns the largest Capital Budget for the repair of our Roads. The challenge for roads asset maintenance is to stop further deterioration while reconstructing already failed roads given the backlog will be addressed over a relatively long period (ie ten years). This will require a balance approach of preventative treatments as well as full reconstructions.
View our 10-year Create Wollondilly Asset Management Strategy.
All the funds from the 2015/16 SRV has gone to our Major Road and Infrastructure Program, which we report to IPART annually.
It delivered in excess of 350 road works projects (excluding maintenance and small surface repairs).
This is our yearly capital works budget and the SRV funds, which have been invested into our infrastructure (i.e. roads):
- 2015/16 road budget = $7.4m SRV fund $1.6m
- 2016/17 road budget = $10.8m SRV fund $3.7m (major floods)
- 2017/18 road budget = $12.6m SRV fund $5.8m
- 2018/19 road budget = $13.9m SRV fund $8.1m
- 2019/20 road budget = $18m SRV fund $8.5m(bushfires, floods & COVID)
In light of the March 2021 storm event, We are accelerating $4m of road reconstructions in the next 4 months with an additional $1.2m for immediate maintenance and repair. Some roads we are focusing on include, for example, Finns road & Remembrance driveway.
We want people to keep using our customer portal to let us know of road issues and make requests.
One of the most common things we hear from the community about roadworks is...
"Why are you resurfacing that road!? It looks perfectly OK to me. You should be spending our rates on roads that really need fixing!"
Although you may see us doing roadworks that seem to be unnecessary or of low priority there's actually good reason for this work. We all know it's a false economy to wait until paint is flaking before you repaint. If you do that, the job ends up being a lot bigger and more expensive, often with more repairs being needed. Better to paint at regular intervals over time to keep the surface performing its function as a protective layer.
Looking after roads is similar. While the road structure underneath (the "pavement") is designed to last for up to 80 years, the surface lasts only 10-15 years. If left to deteriorate, water seeping through the surface will damage the pavement requiring more expensive repairs. This is why Council's Asset Management Strategy considers the life cycle of a typical road and separates roadworks into 3 phases.
Phase 1: Surface Treatment
The road surface is less than 10-15 years old with little or no surface defects. Looking after roads in this phase prevents them from deteriorating to Phase 2. These surface treatments can include rejuvenation surfacing to counter the effects of oxidisation of the bitumen, micro-surfacing or just a new spray seal wearing course.
Phase 2: Heavy Patching and Surface Treatment
These roads haven't had a surface treatment in the last 10-15 years and have some surface defects including cracks and potholes. The cost of a Phase 2 project is usually three times more than a Phase 1 project. The worst roads in Phase 2 should be prioritised first, to prevent them from deteriorating into Phase 3.
Phase 3: Reconstruction
The roads have deteriorated to such an extent that full reconstruction is required. A Phase 3 project is usually three times more expensive than a Phase 2 project.
The majority of our roads are in Phase 1 and 2 and the challenge is to stop these roads from deteriorating into Phase 3. Over time, by intervening in Phase 1 and 2, the list of roads in Phase 3 will decrease and the overall condition of our roads will improve. This approach ensures that relatively good roads are not left to deteriorate, thereby avoiding expensive repairs in the future, while also having a road reconstruction program for those roads that are in poor condition.